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by JLDoggett
Sun Jun 07, 2015 2:45 am
Forum: Silver Care / Techniques
Topic: How much restoring on 19th Century Silver?
Replies: 1
Views: 4278

Re: How much restoring on 19th Century Silver?

Hi Joerg, Without going into any detail on individual values I follow this rule of thumb: 1. If it is mass manufactured and worn it is scrap. 2. If it was hand forged and worn it has character, and worth saving. 3. If it is worth saving, keep it as original as possible. Straightening fork tines is c...
by JLDoggett
Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:38 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Mystery Engraving on Snuff Box
Replies: 16
Views: 4096

Re: Mystery Engraving on Snuff Box

Trev, That ups my assessment of the second engraver. To line a background like that and to do the interiors of the letters needs either a fool or a very skilled hand. One slip and you have ruined the item. The font still looks to be of a later date. I typically associate later Georgian with more ope...
by JLDoggett
Fri Jun 05, 2015 2:26 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Mystery Engraving on Snuff Box
Replies: 16
Views: 4096

Re: Mystery Engraving on Snuff Box

Curiouser and curiouser! I read the engraving as by 2 distinct hands. The body of decoration is simplistic and in certain areas almost crude. The uniformity of depth of the lines and weakness of design is sharply contrasted with the lettering. The lettering was by a more practiced hand showing a ref...
by JLDoggett
Mon May 25, 2015 2:45 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 10
Views: 3071

Re: What is this?

it could be a simple netsuke. Though in form it would be early 1800's the kanji appears to be stamped.
by JLDoggett
Mon May 18, 2015 11:15 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Reference Books - What do you use?
Replies: 6
Views: 2090

Re: Reference Books - What do you use?

Amena, a lot depends on the copyright laws of the country where the book was published. Most countries recognize the 27-year copyright limit anything older than that (that has not been issued as a new edition) may be shared. Many countries do not make a distinction for electronic versus hard copies ...
by JLDoggett
Sat Apr 18, 2015 2:03 am
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Testing silver
Replies: 3
Views: 1606

Re: Testing silver

Technique, yes, solution, no. The acid that would test 18kt gold is much stronger than used on silver. Silver is typically tested with a solution that give a colour change to indicate % of silver content.
by JLDoggett
Wed Apr 08, 2015 2:07 am
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Electrodeposition
Replies: 3
Views: 1896

Re: Electrodeposition

There should be any number of books of it, and I know it is often included in more general jewelry making books post 1985. I learned about it a long time ago when in university, when we had to make our own electro-conductive lacquer from finely powdered copper and shellac. Untracht's Concepts and Te...
by JLDoggett
Sat Apr 04, 2015 3:25 am
Forum: Native American Silver
Topic: HELP IDENTIFYING ITEM & HALLMARK
Replies: 5
Views: 5401

Re: HELP IDENTIFYING ITEM & HALLMARK

It appears to be a cheek-plate for a bridle. The broken wires would have gone through the leather and been curled to secure them. I have made and repaired many like this over the years.
by JLDoggett
Sun Mar 29, 2015 3:36 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Faberge Catalogue and Price List - 1893
Replies: 20
Views: 39698

Re: Faberge Catalogue and Price List - 1893

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! How wonderful. Thanks to both of you.
by JLDoggett
Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:36 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: What-is-it question CCIII
Replies: 14
Views: 3409

Re: What-is-it question CCIII

Grape hanger.
by JLDoggett
Tue Jan 27, 2015 5:05 pm
Forum: American Sterling & Coin Silver - Single Image
Topic: Towle shot cups
Replies: 2
Views: 1643

Re: Towle shot cups

Those are referred to as cordials, they are spun from sheet stock. That style became popular in the 50's. It should not eb difficult to find a 4th.
by JLDoggett
Sun Jan 25, 2015 11:07 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Miniature Halberd.
Replies: 1
Views: 1086

Re: Miniature Halberd.

For skewering the olive or onion in a martini. I had a set of 12 halberds and 12 swords once, unsure where they went, they just kept disappearing...
by JLDoggett
Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:55 am
Forum: American Sterling & Coin Silver - Single Image
Topic: Towle Silversmiths Mark
Replies: 5
Views: 2933

Re: Towle Silversmiths Mark

Often at Towle dies that had been in production for a long time would lose some of their marks. If a tiny piece of the pattern date became damaged they would simply stone off that mark and keep using the die. Damage to either the T-lion and the sterling stamp would lead to the die being destroyed, B...
by JLDoggett
Tue Dec 23, 2014 3:13 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: What-is-it question CXCXVII
Replies: 13
Views: 2871

Re: What-is-it question CXCXVII

Maybe an ear-scoop? without the hole there are other would be several nefarious possibilities.
by JLDoggett
Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:29 am
Forum: Website Updates & Announcements
Topic: Happy Christmas! - 2014
Replies: 5
Views: 7146

Re: Happy Christmas! - 2014

Happy Christmas from New Hampshire!
by JLDoggett
Mon Dec 01, 2014 4:59 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Pepper, sugar or pounce pot?
Replies: 2
Views: 2063

Re: Pepper, sugar or pounce pot?

I would start with size. pepper pots are typically smaller with top in proportion to the body with small often uniform holes making a pattern (small to prevent larger pieces of pepper from over-spicing the food or breaking a tooth). Typically a sugar caster is larger and hast the taller top as Chery...
by JLDoggett
Mon Dec 01, 2014 4:51 pm
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: hallmark on sterling stand?
Replies: 3
Views: 1152

Re: hallmark on sterling stand?

I agree Cheryl, exactly what it looks like.
by JLDoggett
Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:29 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: What are these objects?
Replies: 3
Views: 1702

Re: What are these objects?

So many possibilities...
by JLDoggett
Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:26 am
Forum: American Sterling & Coin Silver - Single Image
Topic: Help Identifying Hallmark Canadian?
Replies: 9
Views: 3500

Re: Help Identifying Hallmark Canadian?

I wondered the same Cheryl, that edge looks a bit wonky to me.

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